We drew in and chiseled out the rabbet on the stem. Then David carved the leading edge.
Rooster is cutting out the bottom.
The second bottom fit quite nicely.
We are trying to find a plank with the perfect kink to cut the strake. Amazingly, the seven planks I had–left over from building the Edith in 2011–provided all six cedar strakes by mere fractions of an inch. Lucky, lucky lucky.
First we do the fiberglass coat over the plywood section. The bottom several inches of the boat will be pretty impervious.
And in go the white oak ribs. It turns out that at 7,000 feet above sea level, a steam bender never really gets hot enough for ideal oak bending. They really didn’t want to bend quite like we wished they would. Next boat maybe we’ll drive the whole apparatus to Phoenix for the day.
After staring at the boat for and evening and a morning we agreed she was a touch tall amidships. A little flat. We cut down the center sheer by an inch, which added oodles of grace to her profile.
On with the inwales.
And the outwales.
Here are the victors: Brian, Rooster, Ants, David, and myself. Thanks to our part-time assistants too–Missy, Zasha, Janek, Roy, Deanna and a few others… And a special thanks to the burrito truck that fueled our afternoons. Yum.
Can’t take my eyes off.